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May 19, 2011 4:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Constituent Demands To Know Why Rep. Lamar Smith Voted To "Dismantle" Medicare

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May 19, 2011 2:11 pm ET filed under Blog

Credit Raters Warn GOPers In Denial About Debt Ceiling

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May 18, 2011 4:10 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Reaffirms Opposition To "Welfare" For "Well-Connected Energy Companies"

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May 17, 2011 5:06 pm ET filed under Blog

The Right Reaffirms Its Hostility To Medicare

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May 16, 2011 1:59 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Rejects "Shared Sacrifice" As "Deeply Pessimistic"

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May 16, 2011 1:25 pm ET filed under Blog

Heritage Foundation: GOP Budget Doesn't Cut Taxes, It Just Reduces Tax Rates

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May 16, 2011 12:39 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan: Obama's "Spending Spree" Is The "Whole Reason" We Have To Raise The Debt Ceiling Now

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May 16, 2011 10:49 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

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May 16, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

The Sunday political talk shows were full of conservatives spouting misinformation about everything from energy policy and taxes to the debt and recent economic history. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) falsely claimed the economy isn't creating jobs, despite 2.1 million new private-sector jobs added over 14 straight months of growth. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) misled on Social Security, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) claimed the Bush tax cuts haven't hurt the national debt picture, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) exaggerated the spending cuts in the House GOP budget, which total a mere $155 billion after you factor in the deep tax cuts the plan offers to the wealthiest. Each of those three claimed that ending tax subsidies for oil companies would increase gas prices, but it won't — and Kyl had to blatantly misrepresent a Congressional Research Service report to support his claim. And in a statement that sums up GOP insincerity on a negotiated debt-reduction agreement, Ryan rewrote the last decade of Republican policy by claiming that "the whole reason we're running into this debt limit so soon is because of the spending spree that has occurred over the last two years."

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May 10, 2011 4:49 pm ET filed under Blog

Study: GOP Budget Will Kick Up To 44 Million Poor People Off Insurance

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May 03, 2011 10:26 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Unclear About Where They Stand On Health Exchanges

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May 02, 2011 3:31 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Hypocritically Blames "Misinformation" For Budget Backlash

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May 02, 2011 10:25 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 1, 2011

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May 02, 2011 10:03 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 1, 2011

Hours before President Obama announced U.S. Special Forces had killed Osama bin Laden, more pedestrian and partisan news ruled the Sunday morning airwaves. On Fox, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) falsely blamed $4 trillion of debt on President Obama and then incorrectly claimed that failing to raise the debt ceiling wouldn't be a big deal. On ABC, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) tried to defend his budget by claiming people don't like it because there is "misinformation" swirling around and not because it dismantles the social safety net. Elsewhere on Sunday, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) each claimed that the U.S. needs a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, an idea rejected by experts on both sides of the aisle. And on NBC, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dishonestly claimed that the Ryan Budget would increase funding to Medicare, while criticizing the Affordable Care Act for cutting Medicare, a claim which is also untrue.

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April 27, 2011 4:05 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Is Lying About His Tax Plan

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April 18, 2011 11:41 am ET filed under Blog

Ignoring Progressive Caucus, GOP Leadership Presents False Choice On Debt Reduction

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April 18, 2011 10:07 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 17, 2011

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April 18, 2011 9:45 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 17, 2011

On Sunday morning, first-year Tea Party Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) almost managed to upstage her party's budget chairman by wrongly insisting on ABC that the GOP's "Path to Prosperity" budget is not a voucher program, works just like the insurance benefits for members of Congress, and would be sufficient to cover the cost of medical care for seniors. But Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) still offered the biggest whopper of the morning, claiming on CBS that the GOP budget doesn't cut taxes for the rich. None of these claims is true. The Republican plan slashes income taxes for the wealthy to Herbert Hoover levels while eliminating the capital gains tax. For the non-rich, the plan would end Medicare as we know it, leaving the typical 65-year-old with over $20,000 in annual medical costs by the year 2030. Meanwhile, freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) claimed President Obama hasn't helped grow the economy, which is demonstrably false, and Walsh joined Rep. Allen West (R-FL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in calling for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that would in fact cripple Congress' ability to control spending and address recessions.

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April 15, 2011 4:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Foxx: Republican Budget "Strengthens The Social Safety Net"

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April 15, 2011 12:52 pm ET filed under Blog

Paul Ryan Can Dish It Out, But He Can't Take It

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April 15, 2011 12:06 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Claim That Rep. Ryan's Budget Proposal Doesn't Affect Current Seniors Is False

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April 14, 2011 4:37 pm ET filed under Fact Check

The Republican Budget Hits Poor, Elderly, and Children Hardest

Last week Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the GOP's first 2012 budget plan, entitled "The Path to Prosperity," which proposes to cut over $4 trillion from the deficit by slashing discretionary spending and reforming entitlements. To do so, the plan would block grant Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps), turn Medicare into a voucher system, and eliminate the Affordable Care Act, leaving millions uninsured. The proposal would also disrupt American's ability to get housing assistance. The only budget document the new GOP House majority has produced thus far puts the onus of paying down the debt on those most in need: America's poor, children, and the elderly.

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April 12, 2011 5:36 pm ET filed under Blog

Supporter Of GOP Medicare Plan Admits: "Future Seniors Will Have To Pay More"

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April 11, 2011 11:15 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Leaders Hype Rep. Paul Ryan's "Jobs Budget"

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April 11, 2011 10:27 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 10, 2011

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April 11, 2011 10:13 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 10, 2011

With a government shutdown narrowly averted this weekend, the Sunday shows focused naturally on spending issues. On CBS, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) made the absurd assertion that government spending caused the recession (and not rampant fraud on Wall Street), and falsely claimed that a balanced budget amendment would help our fiscal situation. On Fox, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) repeated a favorite GOP lie about entitlement programs — that they "are not gonna be there for me when I retire" unless voters allow conservatives to rip holes in the safety net. And on NBC, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) misled viewers about his budget proposal that would undo safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps while cutting taxes for the richest Americans and protecting special interest tax loopholes for Big Oil. Meanwhile on ABC, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) seemed to have forgotten that he voted in February to eliminate all Title X funding for family planning services.

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April 07, 2011 10:08 am ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Ryan Misleads Fox News Viewers On His Budget Proposal

Fox & Friends interview is the political equivalent of home field advantage for Republicans, and Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) appearance yesterday morning demonstrated just how nurturing the Fox News environment is for right-wing misinformation. Ryan insisted his plan doesn't give tax breaks to the rich at the expense of middle-class working families (even though it does) and asserted — falsely — that his budget proposal will "repair the social safety net," protect Medicare and Medicaid, and pay down the debt. While the GOP's cable network of choice didn't challenge any of these assertions, Political Correction is happy to round up the evidence that Ryan is lying. It's presented below.

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April 07, 2011 9:03 am ET filed under Blog

House GOP Wants To Cut Taxes For The Rich, But Their Taxes Are Already Declining

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April 06, 2011 4:50 pm ET filed under Blog

Even House GOP Leaders Don't Take House GOP Budget Projections Seriously

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April 06, 2011 2:20 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP "Path To Prosperity" Would Drive More Seniors Into Poverty

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